Unique charity baton arrives in Balmedie

Pupils and residents from the North-east joined together to view a rather special baton recently.

P3 pupils from Balmedie School visited Balmedie House residents last to week to view the baton which was commissioned by a leading Scottish charity.

P3 Balmedie pupils along with some of the residents at Balmedie House holding the CrossReach baton

P3 Balmedie pupils along with some of the residents at Balmedie House holding the CrossReach baton

The baton - which is made up of an old church pew - was organised by CrossReach (Church of Scotland Social Care) in a bid to unite their units together.

The event aimed to provide the chance to build relationships with the community and for the service to talk about the work that they do in the area.

The tour kicked off from Princes Garden in Edinburgh last month and will visit all 75 of the organisation’s locations.

Balmedie School visit the Balmedie House every year and frequently use the grounds for events and projects.

Area manager, Ann Reid, organised this year’s school visit in conjunction with the baton arriving at the

Ann said it was a very special occasion for both the residents and the pupils.

She said: “It’s a very unique item.

“Taking the baton to every unit that Church of Scotland have joins everyone together.

“It’s great to have the kids along because the residents are really comfortable with them - I think because they know that the children are not judgemental.

“Older people, specifically with dementia can recognise that. It’s about breaking down the barriers from old to young.”

The next stop for the Baton was Banchory and then on to Stonehaven.

CrossReach Chief Executive Officer, Peter Bailey added: “This is a great chance for us to highlight the excellent work being done by our staff in local communities across Scotland.

“The baton relay will unite our diverse services from Shetland to Ayr, in the same way that the Queen’s baton unites the Commonwealth.”

Follow the route for the baton at crossreach.org.uk/baton.